Jet Airways on Sunday, May 15 conducted the first set of three proving flights with 18 people, including officials of the aviation regulator DGCA, onboard the aircraft, sources said.
The second set of two proving flights will be operated by Jet Airways on Tuesday, May 17. The second one will be Delhi-Hyderabad-Delhi.
The first of the three proving flights were conducted on the Delhi-Mumbai route, sources said.
Proving flights is the last step for the airline to obtain the air operator certificate (AOC). Proving flights require airlines to show that they can handle all commercial operations, which means Jet Airways set up its check-in counters, baggage services, and crew management.
The second flight was scheduled to return to Delhi, but after it departed from Mumbai, officials of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asked the pilots to divert it to Ahmedabad. The DGCA diverts aircraft during proving flights to test the readiness of a new airline in handling such situations.
The second flight safely landed in Ahmedabad, and sometime after that, the third flight was conducted on the Ahmedabad-Delhi route. The aircraft used for these three proving flights was a Boeing 737 plane with registration number VT-SXE of Jet Airways.
There were 18 people — four cabin crew members, two pilots, and 12 others, including DGCA officials and senior executives of Jet Airways — onboard the plane during these three proving flights.
A total of five landings (five flights) have to be done by the aircraft to successfully complete its proving flights. Three landings were conducted on Sunday, May 15 and therefore, the remaining two will be conducted on Tuesday, May 17.
Jet Airways had on May 5 conducted its test flight to and from Hyderabad in a step toward obtaining the AOC.
Recently, The Union Home Ministry has granted security clearance to Jet Airways which is planning to relaunch commercial flight operations in the next few months, according to an official document. The letter was also sent to aviation safety regulator DGCA and aviation security regulator BCAS.
The airline in its old avatar was owned by Naresh Goyal and had operated its last flight on April 17, 2019. The Jalan-Kalrock Consortium is currently the promoter of Jet Airways. The airline plans to restart commercial flight operations in the July-September quarter.
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